(LARGO, FL – May 2015) - It is official! Largo Medical Center is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing* (UNOS) to perform kidney transplants at the hospital’s Transplant Institute of Florida (TIF). UNOS is the private, non-profit organization that manages our nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. This means UNOS will be involved in many aspects of the TIF’s kidney transplantation and living donor organ donation surgery program.
“While kidney transplants are a life-saving measure provided to approximately 20,000 people annually in the United States, the living donor program is an essential part of that process,” said Transplant and Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgeon, Hussein Osman-Mohamed, MD, PhD, FACS. “While we are now accepting patients for evaluation to be put on our transplant listing, we will also be working diligently to educate and screen living donor candidates.” He said if there are patients awaiting transplantation in other areas of the country, the Transplant Institute of Florida can accept any patient’s transfer while keeping their same placement on the waiting list.
Dr. Osman-Mohamed is Medical Director of the TIF and also oversees the hospital’s Hepatobiliary Center that includes treating diseases of the liver, pancreas and gall bladder. He will be working side-by-side the hospital’s new Transplant Nephrologist, Layal Abdel-Rahman, MD. She was Fellowship-Trained at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“This is an exciting time for patients and their families in our community and abroad,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer, Largo Medical Center. “Thanks to this program, candidates who are on kidney transplant waiting lists will now have greater access to superior care. Some will have shorter travel distances for their care as well.”
Largo Medical Center is one of eight hospitals statewide approved to provide kidney transplant services. It was in March 2014, Largo Medical Center announced this highly specialized adult kidney transplant program would be opening.
To schedule an interview about the TIF opening its doors, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Largo Medical Center at 727-348-1896.
*To learn more check out UNOS.org.